Cyril Despres takes fourth Dakar title

Cyril Despres takes fourth Dakar title

15.01.2012: ELEVENTH WIN FOR KTM Triumphant Dakar ride for Cyril Despres Red Bull KTM factory rider Cyril Despres on Sunday rode into

ELEVENTH WIN FOR KTM

Triumphant Dakar ride for Cyril Despres




Red Bull KTM factory rider Cyril Despres on Sunday rode into Lima in triumph to seal his fourth career Dakar title and to present KTM with its eleventh consecutive win in this, the toughest event on the annual motorsports calendar.


His KTM teammate Marc Coma finished second overall in what was one of the most epic two-way battles in the rally’s history.


KTM has now won the motorcycle division of the Dakar rally every year since 2001, with the exception of 2008 when it was canceled because of security threats. In the 2012 edition, eight of the top 10 finishers and 15 of the top 20 rode KTM machines underlining the dominance of the Austrian brand’s sports bikes.


The race was a personal triumph for French-born Despres who first won in 2005 and repeated the victory in 2007, 2010 and again in 2012. His KTM factory teammate Marc Coma, who won the rally in 2006, 2009 and 2011 finished second after one of the Dakar’s most historic and closely fought battles.


Both riders set the scene for a two-way competition right from the first stage and remained minutes apart until the penultimate stage on Saturday. Coma won five stages in the 2012 edition and Despres four but it was the turn of the Frenchman to ride in triumph into Lima.


Cyril Despres: Today we won and it's simply fantastic. This is without a shadow of a doubt the toughest Dakar I've ever raced in. It was difficult physically, but even more psychologically. Challenging yourself every morning and fighting on the course takes its toll on your mind. It's not like a 42-kilometer marathon; here, you have to earn your place every morning.


All victories are beautiful, but this one is special because it came down to the wire and was decided at the last minute. This was an unimaginable scenario, with the leaders separated by mere seconds. I've done 90 or 85 rallies throughout my life, and this one was the one where I had to fight the hardest. Today will leave its mark on me.”


The final stage from Pisco to Lima was largely ceremonial with a 254 km liaison section along the Pacific coastline of southern Peru and a brief 29 km timed special, a final encounter with the coastal dunes in the middle of the liaison section. Riders started in reverse order for the final stage that completed this marathon, almost 9,000 km ride from Mar del Plata in Argentina to Lima.


Along the way they encountered vastly different terrain ranging from the Argentinean pampas to the high Andes, the daunting Atacama Desert of Chile and finally the southern coastal plains and rios of Peru. It was the first time that the rally had included Peru and the first time it represented a dash from the Atlantic coastline to the Pacific


The last timed special went to Pal Anders Ullevalseter of Norway (KTM) who finished ahead of Coma in second place. Despres, who said after the penultimate stage that the effort to stay ahead of Coma had cost a huge amount of physical and mental energy coasted home in tenth place.


Only minutes had separated the two KTM leaders going into the penultimate stage and the competition was fierce. Since the beginning of the rally both riders had never let up in speed and determination. But in the heat of the battle on Friday, Coma made a huge jump on the bike and when he landed he knew he had gearbox problems. He nursed the bike back to the bivouac but also made a navigational error in the process and this was enough to give his rival the lead he needed.


A new Dakar rule in 2012 penalizes riders 15 minutes for the first change of engines and 45 minutes for the second. As the factory team had decided to change out both engines in the lead riders bikes one stage into the second half of the rally this meant that when Coma’s engine was changed a second time he was given another 45 minutes penalty, effectively handing the title to his teammate.


Alex Doringer, Team Manager for KTM’s factory team said he was delighted that his top two riders had taken first and second place. “The battle between them was amazing,” he said from the finish in Lima, adding the team was also very happy that Johnny Aubert from the KTM Enduro Factory Team finished in overall fourteenth place in his rookie Dakar ride. Johnny rode a standard series model KTM 450 Rally Replica and went into the rally with a mission to learn and enjoy.


KTM’s motorsports expert Heinz Kinigadner, himself a former Dakar rider said it was a great day for the company. “This battle between Cyril Despres and Marc Coma was one of the tightest and one of the most interesting in the history of the rally. They were virtually wheel on wheel in almost every stage.


They both gave everything both physically and mentally and they both deserve to go into the Dakar record books for this great effort. It is naturally unfortunate that Marc had some gearbox problems in the penultimate stage and picked up a 45-minute penalty for the engine change. Otherwise their times at the finish line would have been only minutes apart.” 
 


Results Stage 14


1, Pal Anders Ullevalseter, Norway, KTM 22 minutes 26
2, Marc Coma, Spain, KTM 23:34
3, Stefan Svitko, Slovakia, KTM 24:09
4, Gerard Farres Guell, Spain, KTM 24:27
5, Alessandro Botturi, Italy, KTM 24:37

Other KTMs

7, Jordi Viladoms, Spain, KTM 26:01
10, Cyril Despres, France, KTM 26:17
12, Jacek Czachor, Poland, KTM 27:34
13, Felipe Zanol, Brazil, KTM 27:36
16, Paolo Ceci, Italy, KTM 28:35
18, Henk Knuiman, Netherlands, KTM 29:02
20, Johnny Aubert, France, KTM, 29:22
 


Overall Results after final Stage 14

 **Victory by Despres gives KTM its eleventh consecutive Dakar title



1, Cyril Despres, France, KTM, 43 hours 28 minutes and 11 seconds 
*Fourth Dakar Title for Despres 
2, Marc Coma, Spain, KTM at 53:20
3, Helder Rodrigues, Portugal, Yamaha at 1:11:17
4, Jordi Viladoms, Spain, KTM at 1:40:56
5, Stefan Svitko, Slovakia, KTM 1:47:28

Other KTM

6, Pal Anders Ullevalseter, Norway, KTM at 2:11:56 
7, Gerard Farres Guell, Spain, KTM at 2:14:22
8, Alessandro Botturi, Italy, KTM at 2:59:04 
10, Felipe Zanol, Brazil, KTM at 3:25:56
12, Rubin Faria, Portugal, KTM at 4:13:10 
13, Jacek Czachor, Poland, KTM at 4:39:09
14, Johnny Aubert, France, KTM at 4:39:39
 
      
- KTM Mattighofen - also photos

Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/dakar-2012-cyril-despres-fourth-title-eleventh-win-ktm-red-bull-factory-rider-marc-coma---95438.html

15.01.2012 / MaP

More News

Feryn Motorsport -Lima, here we come!
15.01.2012
Koen Wauters en Pascal Feryn hebben het einde van de Dakar 2012 gehaald. Vooral de tweede week stelde mens en machine erg op de proef. Voor Koen Wauters is het de 10de keer op 12 deelnames dat hij het einde van de Dakar haalt. “Dat zijn mooie cijf more >>
TRUCK results from final stage top 40
15.01.2012
DAKAR 2012 - Argentina/ Chile / Perou  Stage 14 Final  January 15th, 20121    511    BIASION (ITA), HUISMAN (NLD), ALBIERO (ITA)    IVECO    000:27:22.000        00:00:002    523    MARDEEV (RUS), MIZYUKAEV (RUS), SOTNIK more >>
CARS results from final stage
15.01.2012
DAKAR 2012 - Argentina/ Chile / Perou  Stage 14 Final  January 15th, 20121    303    GORDON (USA), CAMPBELL (USA)    HUMMER    000:22:43.000        00:00:002    309    LEAL DOS SANTOS (PRT), FIUZA (PRT)    more >>
QUAD results from final stage
15.01.2012
DAKAR 2012 - Argentina/ Chile / Perou  Stage 14 Final  January 15th, 2012         1    257    MAFFEI (ARG)    YAMAHA    000:29:44.000        00:00:00        2   more >>
BIKES results from final stage
15.01.2012
DAKAR 2012 - Argentina/ Chile / Perou  Stage 14 Final  January 15th, 20121    006    ULLEVALSETER (NOR)    KTM    000:22:26.000        00:00:002    001    COMA (ESP)    KTM    000:23:34.000& more >>
Truck news and results from final stage
15.01.2012
DAKAR 2012 - Argentina/ Chile / Perou  Stage 14 Final  January 15th, 2012Trucks- ASS - stage 14 sector 2 1    523        MARDEEV Ilgizar (RUS)    09:21:48    00:28:48    -2    505    &n more >>
Car news from final stage
15.01.2012
DAKAR 2012 - Argentina/ Chile / Perou  Stage 14 Final  January 15th, 201209:10 - car The car leaders cross the finishing lineStéphane Peterhansel was the first driver across the finishing line of the final special. The 2012 Dakar champion posted the third best time, 25'55", behind his teammate Nani Roma with 24'54" and the be more >>
Quad news and times sector 2 from final stage
15.01.2012
DAKAR 2012 - Argentina/ Chile / Perou  Stage 14 Final  January 15th, 201209:20 - quad 257 - Maffei finishes with a flourishThe third-placed pilot in the quad overall classification, Tomás Maffei, posted the best time of his category in the last stage. He beat Sergio La Fuente and the Patronellis, with Alejandro ahead of Marco more >>
Bikes news and times sector 2 from final stage
15.01.2012
DAKAR 2012 - Argentina/ Chile / Perou  Stage 14 Final  January 15th, 201209:12 - bike 006 - Finish: Ullevalseter ahead of ComaNorway's Pal Anders Ullevalseter has set the best time so far, with 22'26", ahead of Spain's Marc Coma, 1'08" back. Cyril Despres lies tenth, 3'51" down. Despres finished today's special 2'43 more >>
Feryn Motorsport De laatste loodjes ...
15.01.2012
  Koen Wauters en Pascal Feryn (Toyota) hebben de laatste lastige opdracht in de Dakar 2012 tot een goed einde gebracht, zij het met de nodige problemen. Het duo bolde als 73ste over de lijn. Na de voorbije moeilijke dagen is hun klassement om zeep maar Lima is w more >>
Final stage to Lima is underway
15.01.2012
DAKAR 2012 - Argentina/ Chile / Perou  Stage 14 Final  January 15th, 201208:33 - bike 120 - Illanes, first rider out of the specialChile's Rodrigo Illanes (no. 120) was the first rider to finish the motorcycle special. Alain Duclos has posted the best time so far: 28'44".08:31 - bike Coma and Despres more >>
Stephane Peterhansel wins penultimate special stage
15.01.2012
• Peterhansel and Roma still hold the top positions in the overall standings • Leonid Novitskiy works his way up to fourth more >>
Team Dessoude Chaud… du côté de Pisco !
15.01.2012
ETAPE 13 - NAZCA / PISCO (Pérou)DAKAR 2012 - Samedi 14 JanvierLiaison : 100 km - Spéciale : 275 kmLa caravane du Dakar 2012 se rapproche de sa destination finale more >>
Commanding overall Dakar lead for KTM's Cyril Despres
14.01.2012
STAGE 13  DAKAR 2012 KTM factory rider Cyril Despres on Saturday extended his overall lead in the 2012 Dakar finishing second in the penultimate stage just 47 seconds behind Portuga more >>
Truck stage 13 results and news
14.01.2012
Dakar 2012 - Argentina/ Chile / Peru  Stage 13  January 14th, 201213:55 - truck 513 - De Azevedo second!Brazil's André de Azevedo has earned a place on the podium of the penultimate stage after coming in second at the wheel of his Tatra, 20'14" behind leader Andrey Karginov.13:53 - truck 509 - Finish more >>
PEWANO beaten but not defeated
14.01.2012
Dakar Rally 2012Pewano started the 2012 Dakar rally with high intentions. The goal was to bring the Volvo XC60 RR to Lima and the podium within a top ten finish. Sadly enough we never got the opportunity to prove the car and ourselves. Me and the e more >>
Yet another top result for Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain
14.01.2012
Rallye Dakar 2012 - Stage 13Nasca - Pisco375 km in total, 275 km special testThe penultimate stage of the Dakar 2012 provided one more strong result for the Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain. Joan Barreda and Paulo Goncalves finis more >>
Cars stage 13 results top 11
14.01.2012
Dakar 2012 - Argentina/ Chile / Peru  Stage 13  January 14th, 20121    302    PETERHANSEL (FRA), COTTRET (FRA)    MINI    more >>
Quads stage 13 results
14.01.2012
Dakar 2012 - Argentina/ Chile / Peru  Stage 13  January 14th, 20121    257    MAFFEI (ARG)    YAMAHA    004:00:42.000        00:00:002    263    LA FUENTE (URY)    YAMAHA    004:07:46. more >>
Bikes stage 13 results top 70
14.01.2012
Dakar 2012 - Argentina/ Chile / Peru  Stage 13  January 14th, 20121    003    RODRIGUES (PRT)    YAMAHA    003:21:16.000        00:00:002    002    DESPRES (FRA)    KTM    003:22:03.000    more >>
Trucks stage 13 news from Dakar day before finish
14.01.2012
Dakar 2012 - Argentina/ Chile / Peru  Stage 13  January 14th, 201212:06 - truck 509 - CP1: Karginov ahead of the IvecosThe driver at the wheel of Kamaz no. 509, Andrey Karginov, is trying to ward off yesterday's bad luck and confirming his great form in the final part of the 2012 Dakar, although it is true that the Ivecos more >>
Cars stage 13 news from Dakar day before finish
14.01.2012
Dakar 2012 - Argentina/ Chile / Peru  Stage 13  January 14th, 201213:24 - car  Finish: Top 8More and more drivers have reached the finish after Stéphane Peterhansel, giving a clearer view of the classification: Giniel de Villiers is still second 8'29" back, Leonid Novitskiy still sits third 12'55" more >>
Quad stage 13 news from Dakar day before finish
14.01.2012
Dakar 2012 - Argentina/ Chile / Peru 12:40 - quad 263 - La Fuente on the podiumThe Uruguayan quad driver Sergio La Fuente managed to get onto the podium of today's stage, finishing second in the classification, ahead of Alejandro Patronelli. He lost 7'04" to Tomás Maffei. Ignacio Casale finished just a few minutes ago, comi more >>
Bikes stage 13 news from Dakar day before finish
14.01.2012
Dakar 2012 - Argentina/ Chile / Peru  Stage 13  January 14th, 201210:50 - bike 001 - Finish: Coma 13'25" behind Rodrigues!The Spaniard may have lost the 2012 Dakar on the dunes of today's special. He conceded 13'25" to stage winner Hélder Rodrigues, but most importantly 12'38" to Cyril Despres, who has taken a deci more >>
Monster Energy X-raid team enters the home straight
14.01.2012
• Leonid Novitskiy finishes runner-up in special stage 12• Peterhansel and Roma still first and second in the overall standingsAll the Monster Energy X-raid Team drivers had expected a difficult 13th special stage bu more >>
Team Dessoude The Oryx Buggies stay on course !
14.01.2012
LEG 12 - AREQUIPA / NAZCA (Peru)DAKAR 2012 - Friday 13th of JanuaryLiaison : 412 km - Special Stage : 245 kmAfter a sensational entry into Peru yesterday, and a first sto more >>
Dr. Thomas M. Schünemann: „Abhaken und nach vorne schauen“
13.01.2012
Rallye Dakar 2012 (1.-15. Januar 2012) – Interview Dr. Thomas M. SchünemannNach der Dakar ist vor der Dakar: Während die 2012er-Veranstaltung noch läuft, blickt Copilot Dr. Thomas M. Schünemann bereits auf d more >>
Marc Coma again in front of Dakar with 2 stages to go
13.01.2012
KTM’s Marc Coma was again the dominant rider in Stage 12 of the Dakar 2012 as riders tackled their second stage in Peru. The Spaniard played the waiting game and then made his attack in the final part of the timed spec more >>
Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain erfolgreich über die Monsterdünen
13.01.2012
Rallye Dakar - Etappe 12Arequipa - Nasca259 km Verbindungsetappe, 245 km WertungsprüfungGleich zwei Fahrer brachte das Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain more >>
Truck stage 12 results top 5
13.01.2012
Dakar Rally 2012  Stage 12  January 13th, 20121    502    DE ROOY (NLD), RODEWALD (NLD), COLSOUL (BEL)    IVECO    002:59:00.000        00:00:002    505    STACEY (NLD), VAN GOOR (NLD), DER KINDEREN (NLD)&nbs more >>
Cars stage 12 results top 10
13.01.2012
Dakar Rally 2012  Stage 12  January 13th, 20121    303    GORDON (USA), CAMPBELL (USA)    HUMMER    002:14:32.000        00:00:002    312    NOVITSKIY (RUS), SCHULZ (DEU)    MINI  &nb more >>
Quads stage 12 results top
13.01.2012
Dakar Rally 2012  Stage 12  January 13th, 20121    252    PATRONELLI (ARG)    YAMAHA    002:57:29.000        00:00:002    250    PATRONELLI (ARG)    YAMAHA    002:58:11.000    more >>
Bikes stage 12 results top 80
13.01.2012
Dakar Rally 2012  Stage 12  January 13th, 20121    001    COMA (ESP)    KTM    002:24:38.000        00:00:002    023    BARREDA BORT (ESP)    HUSQVARNA    002:27:21.000    00:02:43. more >>
1-2-3 for Iveco on stage 12
13.01.2012
Dakar Rally 2012  Stage 12  January 13th, 2012After struggling across the dunes at the end of the special stage, the three Iveco trucks came together and headed for the end of the timed section, finishing within a whisker of each other. more >>
News from stage 12
13.01.2012
Dakar Rally 2012  Stage 12  January 13th, 201215:17 - truck 506 - Van Ginkel back on trackThe Ginaf driver has finally managed to leave the tricky zone of dunes at the end of the special and is now heading to the finishing line.14:47 - truck 509 - Karginov and Van Ginkel still stuckRuss more >>
Truck news from stage 12
13.01.2012
Dakar Rally 2012  Stage 12  January 13th, 201213:29 - truck Karginov ahead of the IvecosWith a time of 48'09” over the first 72 kilometres of the special, Andrey Karginov (Kamaz) is the quickest truck driver at CP1. He leads the three Iveco machines of Stacey, Biasion and De Rooy. The b more >>
Car news from stage 12
13.01.2012
Dakar Rally 2012  Stage 12  January 13th, 201214:13 - car 304 - More problems for HolowczycThe Polish driver has again ground to a halt in the dunes at Nazca and has been at a standstill for 20 minutes, stuck in the sand 35 kilometres from the finishing line.14:08 - car 304 - Holowczyc in the danger z more >>
QUAD news from stage 12
13.01.2012
Dakar Rally 2012  Stage 12  January 13th, 201214:11 - quad 257 - Maffei finishes thirdThe Argentinean has reinforced his third place in the general standings, but seems to be resigned to his inability to claw back time on the Patronelli brothers. Tomas Maffei finished the special in a time of 3:11'23”, trailing the day's winne more >>
BIKES news from stage 12
13.01.2012
Dakar Rally 2012  Stage 12  January 13th, 201213:09 - bike 007 - Goncalves in the Top 5The Portuguese rider has just completed the special in fifth place behind Cyril Despres and 5'25” behind the day's winner, Marc Coma.13:07 - bike Barreda Bort and Viladoms finish behind Coma...T more >>

Kategorien

2001-2021 automobilsport.com full copyright